The Egyptian Theater on Seattle’s Capital Hill has been doing midnight shows for what seems like forever. It is not the only game in town as far as late night movie going entertainment goes, local film fans usually have some tough choices to make in this regard, but the upcoming slate is particularly strong. There is a solid mix of cult classics, beloved 80s movies, and new school horror fare, including a pair of Seattle premiers. If you haven’t checked one out, or haven’t dragged yourself out to a late, late show in a while, you might consider attending some of these upcoming shows.
Friday, January 13, and Saturday, January 14
Big Trouble in Little China
A trucker (Kurt Russell) and his friend become entangled in a centuries-old mystical battle in a sorcerer’s empire beneath San Francisco’s Chinatown. Plenty of action ensues. Kim Cattrall co-stars. Directed by John Carpenter (The Thing, Escape From New York).
(USA 1986) Rated PG-13. 98 minutes.
Friday, January 20, and Saturday, January 21
The Divideâ€”Seattle Premier
In this unrated graphic and violent post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangersâ€”all tenants of a New York high-rise apartmentâ€”escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building’s bunker-like basement. Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psycho-sexual torment. As supplies dwindle, and tensions flare, and they grow increasingly unhinged by their close quarters and hopelessness, each act against one another becomes more depraved than the next. While everyone in the bunker allows themselves to be overcome by desperation and lose their humanity, one survivor holds onto a thin chance for escape even with no promise of salvation on the outside. Starring Michael Biehn, Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, and Rosanna Arquette. Directed by horror maestro Xavier Gens (Frontier(s))
(Germany/USA/Canada 2011) Not Rated. 122 minutes.
Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28
The Theatre Bizarreâ€”Seattle Premier
Down a seedy city street, a young woman is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees the front door slightly ajar and impulsively decides to sneak inside. But there in the vast, eerie auditorium, a show unlike any other unfolds before her eyes. Its host is an odd marionette-like man who will introduce her to six tales of the truly bizarre: A couple traveling in a remote part of the French Pyrenees crosses paths with a lustful witch; A paranoid lover faces the wrath of a partner who has been pushed to her limit; The Freudian dreams of an unfaithful husband blur the lines between fantasy and reality; The horrors of the real world are interpreted through the mind of a child; A woman addicted to other people’s memories gets her fix through the fluid of her victims’ eyeballs; And a perverse obsession with sweets turns sour for a couple in too deep. But as the stories unfold, something strange is happening to the woman. Something irreversible and horrific. Something that awaits its next audience in The Theatre Bizarre.
(USA/France/Canada 2011) Not Rated. 114 minutes.
Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4
A psychiatrist believes a patient who claims to be a time-traveler sent to 1996 to prevent a virulent holocaust. Unsettling science fiction, inspired by the visionary film La Jetee by Chris Marker. Starring Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, and Madeleine Stowe, directed by Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).
(USA 1995) Rated R. 121 minutes.
Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11
A romantic cult favorite shot in Seattle. An under-achieving high-school senior (John Cusack) falls in love with a beautiful honor student (Ione Skye) bound for studies in England and tries to win her heart. Co-stars John Mahoney as her protective father. The directing debut of Cameron Crowe (Singles, Almost Famous, Pearl Jam 20, We Bought a Zoo).
(USA 1989) Rated PG-13. 100 minutes.
Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18
Run Lola Run
Lola (Franka Potente) has just 20 minutes to find 100,000 marks to save her boyfriend’s life. Tearing through the city in a whirl of bums, nuns, babies and guns, the fine line between fate and fortune begins to blur. An adrenaline rush of a movie if there ever was one, Run Lola Run uses clever animated sequences, a gorgeous techno soundtrack and an exhilarating visual style to show how life’s tiniest choices can have the most profound consequences. Written and directed by Tom Tykwer (3, The Princes and the Warrior). (Fully subtitled)
(Germany 1998) Rated R. 81 minutes.